Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


  Gospel of Atheism
1 Salvation by atheism
2 What is self-esteem?
3 Why is self-esteem important?
4 How to love yourself
5 You want to be happy
6 You can be happy
7 To love yourself means loving yourself alone ultimately
Fear is the father of evil
9 Nobody makes you unhappy but you
10 Let happiness come just pave the way and trust yourself
11 Be easy to please and life will be better
12 You just need to see your worth
13 Egoism is the way to go!
14 Distracted selfishness is your salvation
15 See that you are not a sinner
16 Be your own person
17 Only God you need is you!
18 You have a will but it is not free in the religious sense
19 Proof that there is no free will and we don't really want it
20 Belief in fate is not really that bad
21 Liberation and guilt the gospel of atheism
22 Forgiveness in the popular sense is a snare!
23 Hatred in disguise the gospel of atheism overcomes it
24 The importance of evidence and why probability not possibility is what counts
25 Using reason correctly means protecting yourself correctly
26 There is no God - be your own God
27 Show the oppressive God belief the door!
28 Belief in God thrives on attacking your self-regard
29 Why it is inhuman to condone God's often cruel plan
30 Religion is fanatical superstitious and therefore harmful
31 Why prayer offends against decency
32 Why it is bad to believe in revelation
33 Miracles are a toxic belief
34 Fast inner transformation for the atheist
35 Don't expect too much
35 Affirming atheism in a positive way
37 Humanist meditation - transforming your inner self
38 Feeling that life is meaningful
39 On optimism - the atheist and mature optimism
40 Why there is danger and irresponsibility in the afterlife doctrine
41 Telling the difference between right and wrong
42 Being fair
43 On value on human life
44 Can an egoist be a martyr for others?
45 Animal rights
46 Ways of being complicit in society's evil
47 Lying and stealing
48 Gossip is a plague
49 The need for social regulation
50 Proper relationship of church and state
51 The value of education
52 The evil of marriage
53 How to have a happy love life
54 Erotica is harmless and to be enjoyed
55 The bare essentials of atheism
56 About Humanism
57 Humanism is not a religion or a faith position
58 Atheists here are the rules if you want them!
59 Being an atheist or humanist in a religious world
60 Making friends for humanist atheism
61 How we must spread the good news of atheistic humanism
62 The end goal of atheistic humanism
63 Ultimate truth - the theorems of atheistic humanism
PRINCIPLE 9, EGOISM IS THE WAY TO GO!

The Ninth Principle of Self-love is to see that you must do everything altruists say you must do but the only difference is to have respect for yourself. This way you manage to retain the benefits of altruism and improve on it by putting in some egoism. Egoism is good and harmless. Even if neither altruism or egoism is perfect, we should go for egoism for egoism is the best of the two.

To practise self-love properly and to win the blessings it gives you have to do EVERYTHING you do because you love solely yourself. You do not help the sick man lying on the street because it is your duty. Duty is a dirty word. You do it because you want to prove that you are good and not to others but to yourself though the positive feedback from others will help you see your goodness better. In plain language, you do it to feel or at least think better about yourself though you already feel good about yourself. You do it to open up your powers to make yourself happy by having this reminder about how good you are. That is a good thing only as long as you are sure you will not feel bad about yourself if you fail to be good. If that happens get up and make amends straight away. If you know the secret of happiness, which is to realise that you donít need anything but yourself, you will manage to keep a firm hold on your high regard for yourself. When others ask for help and they really need it then help them because you see it as an invitation from them to love yourself by improving yourself and for you to feel you are making a good difference in the world. Make everything you do a gift to yourself telling yourself that you love yourself and are open to the pleasure of happiness because everything you do is for your own pleasing anyway even if it is something you feel you canít get out of doing but the only trouble is we keep forgetting how to draw the best feelings out of what we do. In other words, you do what good you do not for others but for you.
 
When I help a person because I like them and go to a lot of trouble for it people say I am unselfish. This is not true and they know it. Liking is a self-centred act. It means I get something out of helping them. That is what I am doing it for. Let me explain. Liking you means only that I get pleasure from you. It is not you I value but what I get out of you.